Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Development of a membrane

A key enzyme in a neurodevelopmental disorder studied by Whitehead Institute Member Hazel Sive's lab is found to maintain normal membrane organization in cells of the brain. In this image of a mutant embryonic zebrafish brain, we see aggregates of regions in the membrane that are important for signaling and proper protein localization.

Image by Danielle Tomasello/Whitehead Institute

Podcast

AudioHelicase logo with Ankur Jain

February 19, 2019

AudioHelicase podcast: Ankur Jain on RNA clumps and the neurodegenerative diseases associated with them

Jain discusses how RNA can clump in cells and the diseases, such as Huntington's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), that are associated with these aggregations.


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Still image from video: Like Pearls on a String

MARCH 27, 2019

VIDEO: LIKE PEARLS ON A STRING — A NEW MODEL FOR GENE REGULATION

Learn how Institute Member Richard Young’s lab is transforming our model of gene regulation by uncovering the role of droplets of transcription machinery in activating genes


MultiMedia

Nymphaea thermarum

MARCH 18, 2019

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE: UNUSUAL LABMATES: THE WORLD’S SMALLEST WATER LILY

Experience a multimedia story about Nymphaea thermarum, including how the extinct-in-the-wild plant ended up at Whitehead Institute and what researchers hope to learn from investigating its biology

In the News

David Li, Aarthi Vijayakumar, Deniz Atabay, Guy Bushkin, Michelle Sung, and Rebecca Li by a Saturn V rocket during a trip to NASA's Johnson Space Center

May 4, 2019

CRISPR in space

Whitehead Institute researchers lent their expertise and mentorship to Genes in Space, a challenge that invites students to propose experiments that will be carried out onboard the International Space Station


Representation of the Zika virus's surface

April 22, 2019

How to be a good host (for Zika virus)

Using a genome-wide CRISPR screen in neural progenitor cells, Whitehead Institute scientists uncover what the Zika virus needs to infect human cells

Announcements

Whitehead Institute Member Pulin Li

APRIL 2, 2019

PULIN LI JOINS WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE

Whitehead Institute announced today that the developmental and synthetic biologist Pulin Li will join the Institute in May as its newest Member. 


Photo of Whitehead Institute exterior

MARCH 27, 2019

DAVID C. PAGE TO CONCLUDE TERM AS DIRECTOR

Search committee chaired by former MIT President Susan Hockfield will identify new director for Whitehead Institute


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Whitehead Institute Member Gerald Fink

APRIL 16, 2019

PUSHING BEYOND THE CENTRAL DOGMA

A standing-room-only audience of faculty and students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offered rapt attention as Whitehead Institute Founding Member and former director Gerald R. Fink delivered MIT’s prestigious Killian Award Lecture

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